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Nancy's Notes - January 14, 2015

E Books or audio books, “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend” by Katarina Bivald, “Beside Myself” by Ann Morgan.
       I hope everyone who likes to download e-books and audio books is taking advantage of the library’s link to Bridges. We are part of a consortium which has purchased many titles that are available for free! To download to your device, go to the library web site at and click on the Bridges link. You will then need to go to the dropdown menu until you find Clarion Public Library. After that you will then need to enter the last five digits of your card number.
 In the past year the top five e-books borrowed from schools and libraries were: 1. The Girls on the Train, 2. All the Light We Cannot See, 3. Gone Girl, 4. The Martian, 5. Go Set a Watchman. The top audio books were: 1. The Girl on the Train, 2. All the Light We Cannot See, 3. Gone Girl, 4. Harry potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, 5. Yes Please.
        My first book, “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend”, is written by Katarina Bivald. Broken Wheel, Iowa, which I’m assuming is fictional, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her book-loving pen pal. When she arrives, however, she finds Amy's funeral guests just leaving. The residents of Broken Wheel are happy to look after their visitor since there’s not much else to do in a small town that's almost beyond repair. They just never imagined that she'd start a bookstore. Or that books could bring them together and change everything.
        I find the story line of, “Beside Myself”, intriguing. Six-year-old Helen and Ellie are identical twins, but Helen is smarter, more popular, and their mother's favorite. Ellie, requires special instruction at school, is friendless, and is punished at every turn. Then they decide to swap places just for fun, and just for one day. However Ellie refuses to switch back. Everything of Helen's, from her toys to her friends to her identity, now belongs to her sister. With those around her oblivious to her predicament, the girl who used to be Helen loses her sense of self and withdraws into a spiral of behavioral problems, delinquency, and mental illness. In time, she's not even sure of her memory of the switch. Twenty-five years later, she receives a call that threatens to pull her back into her sister's orbit.
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